Best trails in Gainesville

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Looking for a great trail near Gainesville, Florida? AllTrails has 25 great hiking trails, running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park or San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Sweetwater Wetlands Park or Black Creek Ravines Conservation Area. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 18 easy trails in Gainesville ranging from 0.6 to 10 miles and from 68 to 200 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Gainesville
Top trails (25)
#1 - Sweetwater Loop
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
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Length: 3.4 mi • Est. 1 h 22 m
Tons of birds, alligators and wild horses. The major draw is the boardwalk which has a bunch of informational kiosks about the park (it's an engineered water filtration system for the Florida aquifer)Show more
#2 - Loblolly Woods Trail
Loblolly Woods North
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Length: 2.7 mi • Est. 1 h 6 m
The trail has multiple offshoots and typically runs alongside the Possum and Hogtown creeks. Very nice, relaxing walk. The trails are not excellently maintained and it can be easy to get off-trail. FoShow more
#3 - San Felasco Hammock Cut Off (Green Blazes)
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 16 m
Please note certain portions of this trail have been reported closed, but most of the trail remains open. $4 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. $2 PedestrShow more
#4 - Sweetwater Preserve Loop via Boulware Springs Park
Sweetwater Preserve
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
Sweetwater Preserve Loop via Boulware Springs Park is a 3.1 mile loop trail located near Gainesville, Florida that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity optioShow more
#5 - Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail
Gainesville, Florida
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Length: 15 mi • Est. 6 h 13 m
Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail is a 15 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Gainesville, Florida that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail offeShow more
#6 - Creek Sink Trail
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h
This trail starts off shared with the moonshine creek trail and is forested with pine and oak. You then hike into the ravine where you will see hickory, gum, and magnolia trees. There are sinkholes thShow more
#7 - Susan Wright Trail
Prairie Creek Reserve
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 1 h 57 m
Susan Wright Trail is a 4.8 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Gainesville, Florida that features a river. The trail is good for all skill levels and offers a number of activity options. Show more
#8 - Morningside Nature Center Loop Trail
Morningside Nature Center
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 44 m
Morningside Nature Center Loop Trail is a 1.8 mile loop trail located near Gainesville, Florida that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hShow more
#9 - Gainesville 6th Street Rail Trail
Gainesville, Florida
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Length: 10 mi • Est. 4 h 11 m
Gainesville 6th Street Rail Trail is a 10 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Gainesville, Florida and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walkingShow more
#10 - Spring Grove Loop Trail (Yellow Blazes)
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park
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Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Please note certain portions of this trail have been reported closed, but most of the trail remains open. $4 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. $2 PedestrShow more
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